Battle of GMs, Reg’l Elimination winners bared; Dapitan to host GMs’ matches again next year

THE Battle of GMs (Chess Grand Masters), which culminated Tuesday, March 31, retained GM Wesley So as the champion, and bagging home the cash prize of P200,000.

Coming in 2nd is GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr. with P100,000 , followed by Asia’s first GM Eugenio Torre who went home with P80,000.

The Battle of GMs and the Regional Elimination for the Asian Indoor Games of Region IX, which championship will be held later this year in Vietnam, are sponsored by Phoenix Petroleum and the City of Dapitan, under the leadership of Mayor Dominador G. Jalosjos, Jr. and Vice Mayor Patri Bajamunde-Chan, and the rest of SP members.

Former Rep. Romeo Jalosjos and National Chess Federation of the Philippines former Rep. Butch Pichay made the games possible here.

The city will still host next year’s Battle of GMs to be held at Dakak Park and Beach Resort in Tagilon village.

The complete lists of winners in both men and women categories are as follows:

Final standings:

MEN: 18.0—W. So; 14.0—R. Antonio; 13.0—E. Torre; 12.0—M. Paragua, J. Gomez; 11.5—D. Laylo; 11.0—J. Sadorra, R. Bitoon; 9.0—R. Nolte; 8.0—J. Gonzales; 6.5—B. Villamayor; 6.0—R. Dableo

WOMEN: 17.0—Shercila Cua; 16.5—B. Mendoza; 15.0—Sherily Cua; 14.0—J. Fronda, C. Bernales; 12.0—D. Rivera; 11.0—L. Cuison; 9.0—K. Cunanan; 8.0—C. Perena; 5.0—J. Docena; 4.0—R. Young

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